Nine hardy Dorset Rambliers turned up to walk the lovely wooded heath, river valley and harbourside paths around Wareham on Sunday. This was a good turnout considering the dire weather forecast (which included a weather warning no less) – severe gales and thundery showers between longer periods of heavy rain – or words to that effect! However, in the event the weather on the day was actually much better than expected, with just a little rain at the start, and although no one suffered with sunstroke or heat exhaustion, it remained mainly dry.
We walked from the SE side of Wareham Forest, past a paddock of tiny Shetland ponies, past Cary Camp Outdoor Centre (a former WWII Base) and down across the water meadows and over the River Frome to the northern “walls” (earth banks) of Wareham old town.
Most of us enjoyed a picnic lunch, with coffee and cake on the Quayside there (two hungrier walkers opted for the comfort of Nellie Crumbs Café and delicious, very reasonably priced, large helpings of fish and chips).
Thereafter, two members took a more direct route back to the car park, whist the others took a circular route out to the westernmost end of Poole Harbour before re-tracing some of the morning route back to the car park. Fortunately, our cars were still there and on the drive home the rain returned – so we were lucky this time.
a) the riverside kiosk on Wareham Quay sells tickets for short trips up and down the river. The ticket prices are advertised thus: Lords, Ladies & Peasants £5; OAP’s, Old Sops & Wrinklies £4; Urchins & Brats £3.
b) There is also a longer (4 hour) Wareham river boat trip from Poole Quay which includes 1 hour ashore in Wareham for lunch / sightseeing / shopping etc. The trip runs several times a week (not every day) and is subject to the tide being sufficiently high. The tickets cost £13 (return). Choose a nice day and enjoy it.